Sky completes roll out of IPv6 becoming the first major UK Internet provider to future-proof its service for customers

Sky completes roll out of IPv6 becoming the first major UK Internet provider to future-proof its service for customers
Sky today announces that over 90% of its broadband customers are now IPv6 enabled, future-proofing its network for millions of customers.  

Ensuring customers broadband connections are IPv6 ready is an essential development for Sky customers using the Internet. IPv6 will provide an almost limitless supply of IP addresses, so customers can continue to enjoy using the Internet across multiple devices without risk of losing connection. 

Whether it’s watching their favourite TV shows online, buying concert tickets or online shopping, Sky is committed to providing its customers with a reliable broadband experience, as the Internet transitions to the next-generation addressing standard. 

After the success of extensive testing and trials, a controlled rollout of updating the home routers for millions of Sky customers commenced and is now almost completed for all eligible customers.

Mohamed Hammady, Chief Technical Officer, Sky UK commented: "Technical leadership is part of Sky’s DNA. We were the first carrier in the UK to introduce 100Gb/s fibre optic technology for our core network, and the first European adopter of Cisco’s latest carrier grade routers, the NCS6000 series, bringing 8Tb/s technology to our super-core. And now, we’re enabling the network to IPv6, future-proofing millions of customers’ broadband connections. All these developments help us to support customers’ huge demand for viewing TV on multiple devices and demonstrate Sky’s commitment to giving customers the best broadband experience.”

Sky was recently awarded The Jim Bound IPv6 Award in recognition for driving IPv6 adoption in the industry and is the first major UK ISP to implement IPv6.

Customers do not need to do anything to their compatible router as it will have been updated automatically.

For further information, please contact:

Sky
Sarah El-Hadidy
Sarah.el-hadidy@sky.uk 

Notes to Editors
  • By the end of 2016 all eligible customers will be IPv6 enabled, raising the total to 95% of all Sky broadband customers.
  • 95% of Sky’s routers and services are IPv6 compliant; with the exception of customers using their own router which may not be compliant, customers on the Sky Connect product, and customers using some older Sky routers, which are not compliant. 
  • The IPv6 connectivity is provided alongside the existing IPv4 based connection using a technique known as dual stack. Each customer is provided with a /56 prefix, that can support up to 256 networks within the home. The Sky router software also supports a stateful IPv6 firewall.

About Sky
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Sky has annual revenues of £12 billion and is Europe's leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £5.2 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).